Baby sea turtles find an army of protectors in Cloverdale

Baby sea turtles find an army of protectors in Cloverdale namoro mc gui Jefferson schoolteacher and classes making a difference and winning recognition Trish Healy loves sea turtles. They decorate every inch of her classroom, and she smiles when she talks about them. She even has a tagline on her class web page that proclaims her second grade classroom, “turtley awesome.”

free online strip blackjack “I see them as a symbol of wisdom and perseverance,” she said.

 Sea turtles are critically endangered around the globe, so three years ago while searching for a theme for her classroom, she thought of her favorite animal and started exploring.

stromectol in spanien kaufen She stumbled a upon a program through the SEETurtle Foundation called “Billion Baby Turtles” which raises money to help save sea turtle hatchlings. The program focuses on five species: the hawksbill sea turtle, the green sea turtle, the leatherback sea turtle, the olive ridley and the loggerhead sea turtle, in six countries: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico and Cuba.

paddy power 20p roulette According to the program, money is raised to cover the costs of hiring local residents to patrol turtle nesting beaches and protect the turtles and their nests. Ten community based organizations are the primary beneficiaries of the funds, and they focus on protecting the nesting beaches first, but they also provide support to hatcheries for protecting the most critically endangered species like the leatherback. To date, the program has saved 814,000 hatchlings; 306,000 of those in 2016 alone.

Classrooms nationwide raise funds by selling postcards featuring photos of the various species of baby turtles being saved. Healy’s kids have risen to the occasion, and for each of the last three years, Jefferson Elementary has been the grand prize winning elementary school for number of turtles saved in the entire country. In 2014 they saved 451, in 2015 they saved 715 and in 2016 they saved 768. Postcards cost a dollar, though Healy said it wasn’t unknown for someone to “overpay” for their post card.

“We stood in front of the school every morning,” Healy said.

Her goal every year is to beat the previous year’s count, though she admits she doesn’t share the competitive aspect of the mission with the kids until afterwards.

“I don’t tell them until after — the point is saving the turtles and helping the kids learn and grow. That’s the cake,” she said. “Winning the prize is the icing.”

 In addition to the benefit to the turtles, Healy loves how the project brings multiple disciplines together. The students have to practice reading and investigating to become “turtle experts,” they practice writing when they make posters that get displayed around campus explaining the project, they learn to speak confidently in public when selling the postcards and they apply math skills to taking and counting money.

But the biggest boost she sees is the confidence they gain in their ability to make positive change in the world. “It’s great watching their excitement and confidence grow as the become experts and Sea Turtle Ambassadors,” she said. “And someday, their kids or their grandkids will ask what they did when they were 7 and they’ll be able to day they made the world a better place. They spread the word about the plight of these amazing sea turtles.”

The program also offers interactive feedback to the kids in the form of Skype sessions with the project cofounder, Brad Nahill, who shares with students information about his research, how he became a sea turtle researcher and information on the turtles.

Finally, Healy hopes her students will take away symbolic lessons as well as academics. “Baby turtles don’t give up. They persevere. I think that’s a really great lesson,” she said.

More information about the Billion Baby Turtles program can be found at